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Daily Schmankerl: RB Leipzig wants to keep Timo Werner badly; Manchester United joins race for Cengiz Under; and MORE!

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Game day is inching closer.

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RB Leipzig trying to entice Timo Werner to stay (Bulinews)

Die Roten Bullen is going to try and make it very difficult for Timo Werner to leave by offering him a salary of €6 million a year.

Bayern München and Liverpool target Timo Werner will reportedly be made the top earner at RB Leipzig if he decides to extend his contract. Werner will be RB Leipzig’s top earner if he signs a new deal with ‘Die Roten Bullen’. According to Bild, the striker has been offered a new contract worth €6 million a year.

However, with the likes of Bayern München, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund reported to be interested in Werner, whose current deal runs until 2020, the German international has hesitated until now. At the beginning of January, RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff underlined that Werner will be sold in the summer if he doesn’t sign a new contract first. According to Bild, RB Leipzig now fear that the uncertainty about Werner’s future could have a negative influence on his performances, because the 21-year-old is considered sensitive and inconsistent.

Yet another Premier League team joins race for Cengiz Under (ESPN FC)

With all of its focus on Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, it looks like Bayern Munich could be bailing out of the hunt for AS Roma winger Cengiz Under. Manchester United, however, will join Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the battle to bring in the 21-year-old.

Manchester United have joined Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich in the race for Roma winger Cengiz Under, sources have told ESPN FC. Under, 21, will not leave Serie A in January, contrary to reports, but an end-of-season exit is being prepared for by his representatives -- something that suits Arsenal, Spurs and Bayern who are unlikely to invest this month.

Bayern board members extend deals (FCBayern.com)

Per a release by FCBayern.com:

FC Bayern München AG is continuing its long-standing and extremely successful cooperation with Andreas Jung (57) and Jörg Wacker (51) in the long term. The Supervisory Board, headed by Chairman Uli Hoeneß, extended the contracts of the two members of the Executive Board, which run until mid-2019, for a further five years until June 30, 2024.

Schurrle hits tremendous volley (NBC Sports)

Former Germany international Andre Schurrle is toiling away for Fulham these days and managed this terrific volley against Burnley.

Prediction: Chris Richards will sign his Bayern deal in Dallas (Bavarian Football Works)

As reported yesterday, Bayern’s U23 team will venture to Texas in February for a friendly against the club’s American partner, FC Dallas.

FC Dallas product Chris Richards was on loan with Bayern for roughly the last six months of 2018 until his loan expired. Richards is now back in Germany, but the club has not officially announced any loan extension or permanent signing. Given Bayern’s PR savvy and how big of a deal this would be for FC Dallas, it just seems natural that the parties make an official announcement as part of the festivities surrounding this friendly.

The move would excellent for both Richards and Bayern as the 18-year-old has displayed some tremendous ability.